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Fire forces partial shutdown of N. Ill. coal plant

HENNEPIN (AP) — Authorities are investigating what caused a transformer fire at a northern Illinois power plant that forced one of two power-generating units to shut down.

The (LaSalle) News-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1rL3pU1 ) that firefighters were called to the Dynegy Power Station in Hennepin around 11 a.m. Tuesday as thick black smoke rose from the site along the Illinois River. Smoke was no longer visible by noon.

Dynegy Inc. spokeswoman Katy Sullivan says the fire occurred in an area of the plant where electricity from the generating unit is transferred to the power grid for distribution. She says nobody was hurt.

She says the company will investigate the cause of the fire and whether there was any damage to the power plant.

Hennepin is in Putnam County, about 115 miles southwest of Chicago.

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